PhD Studentships - Jan 2020


We are pleased to invite applications for 3-year PhD studentships at the School of Public Health, Imperial College London.

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EBS) at Imperial College is a world-leading centre of excellence for multidisciplinary research on the health effects of environmental hazards.  The Environmental Research Group (ERG)  is a  world-leading provider of air and water quality information and research. The two groups have a longstanding and highly successful partnership, jointly establishing the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) on Health Impact of Environmental Hazards  and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Environment and Health, led by Professors Paul Elliott and Frank Kelly.

Our researchers are uniquely placed to lead collaborative projects nationally and internationally, producing high quality research in selected areas (see below) and working in collaboration with academic partners (e.g.  MRC Toxicology Unit, Cambridge) health and environmental agencies (e.g, Public Health England, US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, the Environmental Agency, Transport for London) and industry (e.g. Bosch, Dyson Ltd, JCB) to translate this knowledge into policy and improve population health.

A key focus of our mission and strategy is to train and develop the next generation of academic and policy leaders in the field of environment and health research. Successful PhD candidates will be supported by a leading bespoke training programme to ensure that they are equipped with the appropriate skills and experience to become first class researchers.


We are looking for outstanding candidates with an interest in non-communicable disease in the UK and beyond, and with expertise in at least one of the following areas:

  • Environmental exposure assessment and epidemiology (incl. air pollution, noise, ionizing and non-ionising radiation, waste management, water, climate change and health)
  • Molecular signatures of exposures and disease pathways (incl. biomarkers, metabolic profiling, exposome, multi-‘omics’ analyses and modelling)
  • Urban environments and health (incl. social, economic, behavioural and technological processes, inequalities)
  • Biostatistics, data science and computational biology (incl. spatial epidemiology and small area studies, artificial intelligence, Bayesian nonparametric modelling)
  • Cohorts and Data Resources (incl. cohorts of children and adolescents, e.g. CHILL, SCAMP, CLUE, NFBC; occupational cohorts, e.g. AIRWAVE; cohorts of mobile phone users, e.g. COSMOS; other large cohorts, e.g. ALEC, INTERMAP, LIFEPATH)

For more information on the research programmes and on potential supervisors and their areas of interest please see the MRC Centre’s website and the HPRU website


Applicants are not expected to have confirmed a PhD supervisor or project before applying, but should provide a clear description of the area they wish to pursue during their PhD in their personal statement.

Studentships include tuition fees and a minimum stipend of £18,000 per annum.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2019. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in late January. Successful candidates are expected to start their studentships by October 2020.


Applicants should have, or expect to receive, a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant life science or quantitative science subject and have strong statistical and computational skills.   

UK and EU nationals who lived in the UK for the past three years are eligible. Non-UK/EU nationals and UK/EU nationals who have not been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for the past 3 years may apply but should consult Imperial College’s guidance on eligibility for Research Council studentships (PhD) to determine whether they would be eligible for the full or a partial award.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, or to discuss specific ideas falling within the scope of the research conducted at the Centre and projects of particular interest to the Centre’s principal investigators please contact the Centre’s Scientific Manager, Dr Eduardo Seleiro (